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Lee Arenberg

Highest Rated:   100% Bob Roberts (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% Car 54, Where Are You? (1994)
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Birthplace:   Palo Alto, California, USA
Lee Arenberg has the remarkable ability to morph himself into frightening aliens, twisted psychotherapists, lascivious entertainment executives and everything in between. Most frequently referred to as a character actor, Arenberg maintains a flourishing acting career--almost 20 years spanning television, stage and film. Arenberg has appeared in more than 30 movies, including Cradle Will Rock (1999), RoboCop 3 (1993), Waterworld (1995), Bob Roberts (1992), The Apocalypse (1997), Cross My Heart (1987) and the fantasy adventure feature Dungeons & Dragons (2000). Bitten by the acting bug at age eight when he portrayed David in his Hebrew school play, "Killing Goliath", Arenberg notes that the parable "could be the title of any actor's chances in this game." A native Angeleno, Lee attended Santa Monica high school with "brat packers" Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Emilio Estevez, and co-wrote a play with Estevez which was directed by Penn. Lee's first professional job was in 1986 at the Mark Taper Forum in "Ghetto", a play directed by Gordon Davidson. Within weeks he was cast in three films, including the role of Norton in the feature Tapeheads (1988)opposite Tim Robbins and John Cusack. Guest appearances on television began in 1987 with the hit sitcom "Perfect Strangers" (1986), and have continued with memorable roles such as the parking space-stealing New Yorker on "Seinfeld" (1990) and as the murderous rock promoter opposite Katey Sagal and Sam Kinison in "Tales from the Crypt" (1989), as well as roles on "Arli$$" (1996), "Friends" (1994), "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) and "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995). Arenberg can also be seen in the role of the notoriously huge studio head, Bobby G., on the controversial syndicated comedy "Action" (1999) opposite series star Jay Mohr. Arenberg names his family and friends as his inspirations, and states that having grown up on Los Angeles' Westside, he was able to see actors as the parents of friends and classmates, not as just as movie stars. "It also gave me an honest assessment of the industry and what I was getting myself into," he laughs. He credits "fear of failure" as his main motivation, and admires the talents and creativity of such legendary actors Paul Muni, Lon Chaney and Boris Karloff. Lee also credits much of his development as an actor to his participation in the Actors' Gang, one of Los Angeles' oldest theater companies. The Actors' Gang was founded by Lee in 1981 with Tim Robbins and other friends from UCLA. After 20 years as an actor in the group, Lee recently made his writing and directing debut with Foursome, a play about golf, sex and witchcraft. In his leisure time, Arenberg enjoys golf, cooking, blues harmonica, video games and pitching for his softball team Bubblin' Crude, which is made up of other actors, many of whom are friends from high school. He is involved with St. Jude's Children's Hospital and other children's health causes, and animal rights organizations, participating regularly in fund raising efforts on behalf of those charitable causes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Black Velvet
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet A Kiss for Jed (A Kiss For Jed Wood)
  • Mike
2010
No Score Yet Ashley's Ashes
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Polar Opposites
  • Actor
2008
45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Pintel
$309.5M 2007
54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Pintel
$423.1M 2006
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Pintel
$305.4M 2003
29% Who's That Girl?
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Natural Selection
  • Actor
2003
10% Dungeons & Dragons
  • Elwood Gutworthy
$14.9M 2000
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Abe Feder
1999
No Score Yet Man Woman Film
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Death Valley
  • Gregory
1999
No Score Yet Young Hearts Unlimited
  • Rocky
1998
No Score Yet Johnny Skidmarks
  • Louie
1998
No Score Yet The Apocalypse
  • Noel
1997
No Score Yet Mojave Moon
  • Friendly Motorist
1997
18% Warriors of Virtue
  • Mantose
1997
No Score Yet The Apocalypse
  • Actor
1997
0% Car 54, Where Are You?
  • Ivan the Architect
1994
3% RoboCop 3
  • Hold-Up Man
1993
47% Freaked
  • The Eternal Flame
1993
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt)
  • 2nd Burglar
1992
100% Bob Roberts
  • Religious Zealot
1992
83% Roadside Prophets
  • Happy Days Cook
1992
No Score Yet Live! From Death Row
  • Griffith
1992
46% Whore
  • Violent Man
1991
17% V.I. Warshawski
  • Flesh
1991
No Score Yet Snow Kill
  • Kolt
1990
No Score Yet Martians Go Home
  • Newsroom Martian
1990
60% Class of 1999
  • Technician
1990
26% The Wizard
  • Armageddon Registrar
1989
17% Brain Dead
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Hollywood Boulevard II
  • Barcode
1989
60% Tapeheads
  • Norton
1988
No Score Yet The Underachievers
  • Joey
1988
40% Cross My Heart
  • Parking Attendant
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
81% Once Upon a Time
2011
  • Leroy/Grumpy Leroy/Grumpy/Dreamy
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Ken
  • 2013
59% Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
2013-2014
  • Leroy/Grumpy
  • 2013
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Bailey
  • 2008
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Gral
  • 2005
No Score Yet Charmed
1998-2006
  • Mordock
  • 2003
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Dr. Moyer
  • 2003
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Joey
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Pelk
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Juke
  • 1997
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Mike
  • 1997
  • 1992
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Prak
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Gral
  • 1993
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Ghost of Halloween Past
  • 1992

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